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i really need some answers! why are all my teeth gapping for no reason?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Reason: The most common reason for teeth moving, "gapping, " is a combination of malocclusion (bad bite) and periodontal (gum) disease with bone loss. Please see an orthodontic specialist and a periodontist who will both work with your family dentist to resolve your issues. Don't wait, go now before problems worsen.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Periodontal disease: The biggest reason for teeth to shift in adults is periodontal, gum disease. This is where the bone supporting the teeth is lost allowing the teeth to move. There are treatments so see a dentist or periodontist asap. Untreated gum disease can cause you to loose teeth, as well as be factor in many systemic diseases.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
There is a reason: There is a reason although you're not aware of it. When one develops severe periodontal (gum) disease, the bone that supports the teeth is lost in varying degrees. Without proper support, chewing exerts forces on the teeth and then tend to move as the bite collapses. With missing teeth and a poor bite, the this happens even faster and to a greater degree. See a periodontist for an evaluation asap.
Dr. George Ayoub
Cosmetic Dentistry 18 years experience
Periodontal disease: Periodontal disease can cause teeth to shift.

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